Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Weyerbacher Decadance

I am a big fan of cellaring beers and seeing how they change over time. It's nowhere near an exact science and sometimes you get good results and sometimes you wish you would have drank the beer fresh, but it is always fun. There's lots of opportunity to see how age affects the nuances of the beer and age also mellows out beers that might be too hot out of the gate or not well balanced enough. This particular beer was brewed in 2005 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Weyerbacher in Easton, PA. It weighs in at 13% abv and is brewed with honey, cardamom and gentian. I cracked my bottle tongiht.....



12oz bottle that's been lurking in my cellar. Got a 22oz bomber as a trade extra recently so I figured I'd open this one to see how it is doing.

Pours into my glass a deep ruby red with minimal khaki head on top, but I figured as much due to the abv. Quite a few particles in suspension here but it's not uncommon after aging this long. Aromas start with sweet, fruity malts bathed in a deep floral honey that really shines through. Spiciness abounds with hard candy and ginger undertones. A bit medicinal even. Ripe plums and fruit cake. Interesting.

First sip brings big sweet maltiness quickly smacked down by huge spice flavors and caramel. Cardamom becomes evident in the flavor even though I didn't initially realize it before looking at the description on Weyerbacher's website. Lots of dark fruit flavors and floral honey mix in with plum coming to mind most. Flows down with a medicinal, candy like finish. Alcohol heats up the throat as well.

Mouthfeel is dense and slick with a syrupy quality to it. Mellow carbonation. This brew is not messing around and with the abv it's a sipper. Overall, I found this one big but tasty at the same time...a bit too sweet for me so I'll probably need someone to help share the bomber. I always enjoy a new Weyerbacher brew and this is a good sipper.

Overall I gave this beer a rating of Enjoyable. Drink it if you still have any!

Check out the whole line of Weyerbacher beers by surfing over to http://www.weyerbacher.com/

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Allagash 11th Anniversary Ale

Well, it's been awhile since I've updated this blog and for the most part time has got the better of me! I will try to update more often and share some more insight into the beers I enjoy. This particular one is retired and no longer brewed. Originally released in May of 2006 to celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Allagash, located in Portland, Maine. Allagash has long been one of my favorite American brewers that specialize in Belgian-style beers. I have saved this one in my cellar up until now and finally decided to pop the cork. Here are my thoughts:

Murky red orange pour into my glass with a small ring of eggshell colored bubbles. Aromas of sweet malts with caramel and deep fruits coming through. Brown sugar and plum along with underlying yeast spiciness. Somewhat bready as well with a candy backbone.



First sip brings big, smooth malts upfront with an intertwined mix of caramel and deep fruit flavors. Plum and apple mix in with dates and a mellow earthy breadiness. Spicy yeast kicks in on the way down along with some raisin flavors. The finish brings just a touch of hops and a kiss of bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable with a lingering warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. This is a big, malty BSDA. A touch warming and tasty overall. I ended up cellaring this and while it's held up nicely I would have liked to try it fresh as well. If you have any left it's drinking pretty nice right now.

Overall this one earns a rating of Enjoyable.

Check out the full line of Allagash brews by surfing over to www.allagash.com